If you're getting married or in a wedding this summer, then chances are you've been searching for a new dress (or two, or three) that will look perfect for your role in the big day. Unfortunately, shopping for anything that is associated with a wedding is notoriously expensive — we're talking wedding dresses that cost thousands of dollars, and bridesmaid dresses that'll put a bridal party out hundreds of dollars each... or more!
If you're on a budget and not looking to blow your last few paychecks on a dress you might only wear once, you're not alone. That's why we've put together this bride and bridesmaid shopping resource guide to finding beautiful, wedding-worthy dresses on a budget. No matter if you're a bride shopping for a dream dress on a dime, or a bridesmaid looking a dress in that perfect shade of blush to complement a mismatched bridal party style, these shops are the first places you should look for a steal. Some of them you may have heard of and some of them might be a little more off the radar — but they all deserve a quick glance when you start your wedding style search!
Read on for lots more tips and our complete list of bride and bridesmaid shopping resources...
By now, BHLDN is a household name in wedding style — and for good reason! They source some of the most gorgeous designer wedding dresses for reasonable prices, and offer quicker shipping time for each dress than a normal wedding boutique would. Their prices range from beautiful dresses under $1000 to $4000 at the most pricey — which is pretty reasonable, once you start shopping around for your dream dress. Don't forget to poke around in their on-sale wedding dress section for TONS of hidden wedding dress gems.
Shop some of our favorite BHLDN looks:
Etsy is a must-browse site for brides or bridesmaids looking for super unique and handmade wedding style. There are some big names in wedding and bridesmaid dresses that are starting to emerge on Etsy — LeAnimal and Truvelle are two of our favorites, offering totally stunning bridal looks for reasonable prices that you won't find in a boutique. Lots of fun bridesmaid styles are to be found here too, especially if you're looking for details like tulle skirts or flexibility in design!
If you haven't been looking for wedding-worthy style on ASOS, you're seriously missing out. They've got tons of beautiful dresses in different shapes, colors and cuts, and recently introduced a wedding boutique with looks that are especially perfect for bridesmaids and brides alike. For bridesmaids looking for a style-forward dress option in a mismatched bridesmaids color scheme, ASOS is a must!
Oh Revolve Clothing, how we love thee so. If you're looking for a more boho, Free People-style look for your bridal or bridesmaid look, then we suggest you hightail it to Revolve Clothing, stat. There's lots of beautiful, breezy maxi dresses in gorgeous colors that any bridesmaid would love — and they even offer some amazingly affordable and stylish wedding dresses, as well! Our favorite is the boho lace wedding dress separate which we've included below...
Looking for something a little sweet and sassy for the wedding? Modcloth has been the go-to for brides looking for that perfect short courthouse wedding dress, and bridesmaids everywhere vouch for Modcloth's bridesmaid-ready looks that they'll actually wear again. Most dresses are less than $150 — a true steal for any kind of wedding day style!
If you're budget is incredibly squeezed but you want to look amazing, we suggest checking out Lulu's not only are their pieces totally affordable, they also are super-cute and wear-again-worthy. Think of it as your higher-end Forever 21. There's also tons of stylish little white dresses that scream bachelorette party and bridal shower...
Ruffle Force Green Maxi Dress
Royal Engagement Strapless Maxi Dress
It doesn't stop with the dress — you're going to need shoes to complete your look as well! We love Sole Society for their wedding-worthy heels at reasonable prices. Don't you agree that some of the shoes below would go perfectly with your new dress?
Mostly minimalist but never boring, Zara is worth checking out for brides and bridesmaids who want a fashion-forward wedding look that is timeless and a little edgy. Oh, and their collection of little white dresses is ON POINT!
Long Dress with Applique Neckline, ZARA
Long Sleeved Dress, ZARA
Rent the Runway
Rent the Runway has become a favorite for brides and bridesmaids everywhere — you get designer prices at a fraction of the cost, look amazing, AND you don't have to worry about that "I'll never wear it again" dilemma.
Dresses: Union Station
Union Station (formerly Little Borrowed Dress) is a great option for a bridal party that wants the classically pretty bridesmaid dresses without the $300 price tag per dress. Instead of having your bridesmaids buy a pastel-colored dress they might not wear again, they can rent these pretty pieces for $50 each, and get a wide range of colors and cuts — meaning you can choose the shades, and they can choose the shape of the dress that'll fit them best. That's a win-win in our book!
Now that you know the best shopping resources for wedding day style, it's time for you to shop til you drop! We're talking a huge selection and lots of reasonable prices... so what are you waiting for? The perfect wedding dress or bridesmaid dress is out there. Let us know where else you brides and bridesmaids have had success finding wedding-worthy style — we'd love to add to this list!